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Dubai will build the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed building as part of a move to establish the UAE as a global centre of technology, architecture, construction and design.
Mohammad Al Gergawi, Chairman of the UAE National Innovation Committee, said the UAE aims to deploy the latest technologies to improve people’s lives and develop its economy in line with its National Innovation Strategy and the vision of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
“This project reflects the vision of our leadership in Dubai,” Al Gergawi said. “We are keen to use the latest technologies to simplify people’s lives and serve them better. This project is part of our overall innovation strategy to create new designs in education, health care and cities. Our goal is to increase the happiness and well being of our residents and pioneer new solutions for the world.”
Experts estimate that 3D printing technology can reduce the production time of buildings by 50-70 per cent and labour costs by 5080 per cent, while saving between 30 and 60 per cent of construction waste.
These savings translate into enhanced productivity, higher economic returns and increased sustainability.
“The idea of 3D printing buildings was once a dream, but today it has become a reality,” said Al Gergawi. “This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of [such] technology, which will play a major role in reshaping the construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.”
The office will be printed layer by layer using a 20-foot-tall 3D printer, then assembled on-site in Dubai in a few weeks. It will be around 2,000 sq ft in size.
Moreover, all furniture, detailing and structural components will be built using 3D printing too, combining a mixture of special reinforced concrete, glass fibre-reinforced gypsum and fibre-reinforced plastic. This combination will make it the most advanced 3D-printed structure ever built at this scale and the first to be put into actual use.
The building is the result of a partnership between Dubai and WinSun Global, along with architecture and engineering firms Gensler, Thornton Tomasetti and Syska Hennessy Group.
In addition to prototyp-ing new tech, the project reflects the latest input from experts and researchers in workplace design and the future of work.
The office project will be built at a busy intersection in the heart of Dubai, although the exact location was not revealed.
The space will be open and flexible, allowing for a range of uses and team sizes. It will also feature a digital fabrication facility and 3D printing exhibition space.
The first major initiative of the Museum of the Future launched earlier this year by Shaikh Mohammad, the office will also serve as the temporary headquarters for the staff of the museum.
Source: Property Weekly